Angled Girth Billets?

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    01-02-2014, 08:58 PM
Angled Girth Billets?

To start with - I don't have pictures because she is in Kentucky while I'm home. I should have gotten pictures when I was there, but I was more worried about getting her all ready for me to be gone for a month.

It's an older jumping saddle that my grandma gave me. It has great wither clearance for her, and it's so comfy, so I really want to keep it. But the billets are angled towards her hind legs, putting the girth awkwardly far back. I also think it doesn't fit great shoulder wise (again, I'm so sorry I have no photos). However, I lunged her in it and she seemed totally fine. Being the five year OTTB she is, I thought she may tell me if it wasn't okay but she gave me no indication.

I'm buying a "corrective pad" suggested by an old trainer of mine. It's level, I think 1/2" of foam. Will it help?

I also looked at some anatomic girths.. Would that fix the issue?

Or do I need to get a saddle fitter out to do work on the billets?

Again - I'm so sorry I don't have photos. I was just wondering if someone had experienced something similar, or if there was something I was missing.
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    01-04-2014, 09:10 AM
Just as a quick response, I've never seen angled billets. That suggests they were made specifically for an individual horse (does your grandma know?) or there's a problem with the saddle.

Older saddles (and I'm assuming its from the 50s or 60s) tend to be narrower. If it's too narrow for your horse any sort of pad will only make it a tighter (ie worse) fit.

Anatomical girths are designed to set the saddle further back, usually on a big-shouldered horse, but I'd have thought there's no guarantee one would work in this case. It might be cheaper to have the billets re-fitted at the correct angle if they are indeed set pointing backwards.

In all of this there's no real point in spending money on extra bits and pieces unless the saddle fits. I'd be inclined to have a decent saddle fitter look at it on the horse if you can.

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